Legendary Shreveport musician James Burton is in critical condition following hip replacement surgery after he slipped and fell at his Nashville home on Thanksgiving morning.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member is known as one of the "finest guitar pickers in either country or rock" according to critic Mark Deming and is ranked number 19 in Rolling Stone's list of 100 Greatest Guitarists. Since the 1950s Burton has recorded and performed with an array of singers including Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris and most notably as the leader of Elvis Presley's TCB Band.
According to the James Burton International Guitar Festival Facebook page, Burton had his hip replaced at Vanderbilt Medical Center and the surgery was successful, but his remaining kidney is struggling to process all of the medication he's been given.
Burton was diagnosed with kidney cancer earlier this year and underwent surgery in early October. While he is now officially cancer-free post-surgery, the remaining kidney is struggling on its own after the multiple surgeries and heavy doses of medications.
According to an update on his Facebook page, his condition is improving with his blood levels slowly coming back up after a critical dive over the weekend.
Meredith G. White is the arts and culture reporter for the Shreveport Times. You can find her on Facebook as Meredith G. White, on Instagram and Twitter as @meredithgwhite, and email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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